This will be an advanced beginner ride, about 4-6 miles, 60-90 minutes.
My rides are at a slower pace - we take more time climbing while challenging ourselves on the more technical sections of singletrack here. That said, we will still zoom through the swoopy sections! This ride is not recommended if you consider yourself an intermediate rider or better and don't like to wait for slower riders. We never leave anyone behind.
De LaVeaga Park is a small Santa Cruz city park with something on the order of 10 miles of singletrack open to biking. Considering the fact that all of this trail network is pretty much limited to a single hillside, it's a respectable amount actually. Almost all of the trails are singletrack, technical (a couple of them highly), and fun. No one would expect this little park to be a destination for bikers from distant places, but it's an enviable option for short rides for the locals. Still, don't let that stop you from trying out this place, even though you're not a local.
Meet at 6:00 PM in the dirt parking area along the right hand (east) side of Branciforte Drive, outside the park, 0.2 miles north of Goss Avenue.
Directions from San Jose: Hwy 17 South to Santa Cruz. Exit left towards Ocean Street/Beaches. 17 ends and becomes Ocean Street. Turn left on Water St, then left on Market St., which becomes Branciforte Drive, until you reach your destination.
There are restrooms available inside the park, near the picnic tables and ball fields. We can stop there during our ride if you need to.
Tires roll at 6:10 PM or sooner if all YES RSVP's are present. Please be there by the meet time, we don't want to leave without you!
Difficulty: "Moderate, with some technical trails and mostly single-track. On my scale of 1-5, 1 being easy - I will say this may be a 3 in places, but we'll keep the pace mellow so you can walk those short sections if necessary.
Remember, all riders need to be members of Meetup.com & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guests are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.
Rain will cancel. Check this listing the morning of the ride. I will post by 8 AM a weather update if we need to cancel.
This is a great opportunity to explore and enjoy more Santa Cruz trails in this corner of the world.
***Please remember, a helmet is required for all our rides.***
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Please remember to bring water, and check that your bike is ready to ride. Also remember to carry an extra tube and a chain master link with you that fits your bike. Its ok if you need help to repair it, you will have the items needed to keep your ride going.